Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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GAINER, JOHN N.--Came to Texas in January, 1836, as is the Headright Certificate issued in his name, but assigned to Isaac Parker on March 20, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Nacogdoches County Board.

The following information contained in Service Record No. 2976, dated May 28, 1837. He was born in York; was five feet, six and one-half inches in height; had brown hair, blue eyes, a Roman nose and fair complexion. By vocation he was a farmer. He enlisted at Nacogdoches January 9, 1836, in Captain Henry Teal's Company of Regulars, but was attached to Isaac N. Moreland's Company of Artillery for the Battle of San Jacinto. When discharged on May 18, 1837, he was a member of Captain Robert Boyd Irvine's Company.

It is probable that shortly after being discharged, he left Texas. He did not apply for the land due him for his services in the army and sold the rights to his headright land before the Headright Certificate was issued.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Isaac N. Moreland

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: New York
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Profession: Farmer